German I

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 105
Type: P, V

Main Instructor

dr. Ada Gruntar Jermol, Full Professor

Course Description

Objectives and competences

The students develop the following:

  1. 1. advanced competences in German; 
  2. 2. competences in language problem solving; 
  3. 3. the ability to describe and theoretically analyse language principles;
  4. 4. competences in the use of adequate language resources;
  5. 5. the ability to identify the grammatical structure of German as the basis for practical translation;
  6. 6. the ability to analyse grammatical elements in a text;
  7. 7. competences in German phonetics/ phonology;
  8. 8. the ability to analyse prosodic features and sentence intonation;
  9. 9. reading, listening, writing and speaking skills.

Content (syllabus outline)

The course is divided into three units:

  1. a) German grammar 1
  2. b) German Phonetics
  3. c) German Language Practice 1


a) German grammar 1:
Repetition and reinforcement of grammatical structures the students already know (e. g. adjective declension and comparison, noun, pronouns, declension, separable-prefix and non-separable-prefix verbs, irregular verbs ...) and presentation of certain new grammatical areas.
Drawing students’ attention to special features of certain German structures and how to express them in Slovene. Developing the ability to understand and compare grammatical elements of German and Slovene. The ability to use grammatical structures correctly when translating and producing texts in German.

b) German Phonetics:
Familiarizing students with segmental and prosodic properties of German orthoepy: drawing attention to typical mistakes by speakers of German with Slovene as their native language (phonetic interference).
Correcting certain pronunciation errors.

c) German Language Practice 1:
Language practice, reinforcement, and improvement. Developing comprehension skills with texts the students read and listen to. Improvement and productive use of German vocabulary. The course will also concentate on practicing the grammatical structures mentioned above (see German Grammar 1) in various texts.


  1. - Gruntar Jermol, Ada (2011): Ausgewählte Kapitel der deutschen Morphologie mit kontrastivem Ansatz. / Izbrana poglavja nemške morfologije s kontrastivnimi ponazoritvami. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani.
  2. - Dreyer, Hilke / Schmitt, Richard (2001): Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik. München: Verlag für Deutsch.
  3. - Helbig, Gerhard / Buscha, Joachim (2001): Deutsche Grammatik. Ein Handbuch für den Ausländerunterricht. Berlin et al.: Langenscheidt.
  4. - Helbig, Gerhard / Buscha, Joachim (2000): Übungsgrammatik Deutsch. Berlin et al.: Langenscheidt.
  5. - Hirschfeld, Ursula/Reinke, Kerstin (1998): Phonetik Simsalabim. Ein Übungskurs für Deutschlernende. Langenscheidt. 
  6. - Frey, Evelyn (1995): Kursbuch Phonetik. Lehr- und Übungsbuch. Max Hueber Verlag. 
  7. - Stock, Eberhard/Hirschfeld, Ursula (1996): Phonothek. DaF. Arbeitsbuch. Langenscheidt.
  8. - Stock, Eberhard/Hirschfeld, Ursula (1996): Phonothek. DaF. Lehrerhandreichungen. Phonetische und didatktische Einführung. Langenscheidt.
  9. - German Language Practice: Material prepared by the teacher.


  1. Enrollment in the first year of Interlingual Communication.


The final passing grade is the average of passing grades from individual cycles. The grades from individual cycles: 

  • phonetics: exam (40 % of the final grade);
  • language practice: work during the semester (40 %) and final exam (60 %) – 40 % of the final grade.
  • german grammar 1: midterm test (20% of the final grade)

Forms of marking: 6–10 or A-E (positive grade) or 1–5 or F (negative grade). The assessment in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the faculty's examination rules.


Ada Gruntar Jermol